Shoe Care 101

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Want to get the most out of your shoes? Make them last with these helpful shoe care tips.

It’s happened to all of us. You buy that perfect pair of shoes and you’re so excited and pleased with them that you wear them all of the time! Inevitably they get worn out though, and you’re left mourning the end of a beautiful relationship. The truth is, shoes aren’t meant to last forever…but you can make them last longer.

  • Rotate the shoes you wear throughout the week. Wearing one pair continuously can stretch and wear them out faster.
  • Clean your shoes after each use with a warm cloth to remove and dirt and oil.
  • Treat materials like suede, nubuck and leather with stain and water protectors.
    Fergalicious Women's Paddington Suede Shoes
  • Make friends with your local cobbler –  shoes are their livelihood!
  • Stuff rolled up newspaper, towels or other handy materials inside of your shoes to maintain their shape when not in use.
  • Switch out old shoe laces with new ones to breathe new life into your athletic shoes.
  • Use water and vinegar to clean everyday mishaps like stains, gum, and dirt.
  • Replace the soles of your shoes with the help of a local shoe shop to reduce odor.
  • Use a suede eraser and brush to remove stains and restore the natural texture or suede shoes.
  • Store shoes in a cool, dry and open place to allow them to breathe and prevent problem-causing moisture.
  • Polish and condition leather regularly using a soft cloth.
  • Replace the rubber tips of your high heels before they fall off to prevent further damage to the heel.
    Carlos by Carlos Santana Cupcake Heels
  • When traveling, protect your shoes in your luggage by placing them in cotton shoe bags.

Remember to think about all of those glorious shoes in your closet as an investment. A little bit of care today will lead to a long-lasting relationship with the shoes you love. And isn’t that what we all want? Keep your shoes looking and feeling good, and you will too!

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